BLAIRSVILLE: Borough police OK contract; council sets session on pact
October 16, 2013 10:55 AM

BLAIRSVILLE — After two years of negotiations that came in fits and starts, Blairsville Borough police officers have ratified a new collective bargaining agreement.

Borough Manager Tim Evans reported the news to borough council during a meeting Tuesday.

Evans declined to provide details about the contract prior to council voting on whether to ratify the deal, except to say wages and health benefits had been sticking points. The department employs two full-time officers and six part-time officers.

The department’s last contract expired at the end of 2011. The department is represented by the Teamsters union.

Council scheduled a special meeting for 6:30 p.m. Oct. 23 to review the contract with its labor negotiator and to vote on whether to accept the contract.

Also Tuesday night, council accepted the resignation of Councilman James Mollo from the Blairsville Community Development Authority. Mollo did not give a reason for his resignation, and he couldn’t be reached for comment following the meeting.

Mayor Joe Caugherty announced that the Blairsville fire department is holding a Halloween parade at 7 p.m. Oct. 28. The parade route has yet to be determined, but probably will take place in the area of the Market Street Diamond. Trick-or-treating is scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 27.

Caugherty asked those who wish to participate to turn on their porch lights during those hours.

Additionally, Evans announced that Blairsville Parks and Recreation will hold a 5K race and fun walk on the Blairsville Riverfront Trail on Oct. 26. Registration for the Blairsville River Run begins at 7 a.m., and the race begins at 9 a.m. at WyoTech Park at the end of Johnson Avenue, next to the Specialty Bar plant.

The registration fee is $20.

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